Not that it should be any news to people, but I am not in the path of the recent fires in California. You'd have to live closer to the outskirts of civilization where there are large tracts of undeveloped space. I live smack in the middle of the city, so practically all of Los Angeles would have to burn down before the fires got anywhere near me.
However, that's not to say that the effects aren't far-reaching. Below is a satellite photo taken (I believe) 10/28/03 showing the smoke from the fires. Locally, it looks a lot like fog, and there's a really nice dusting of ash all over everything not hermetically sealed in something.
As you can see (once the picture finishes loading), the effect is pretty non-localized.
The lower right part of the picture is Mexico (the dotted line is the border). The most intense fires are in San Diego as you can tell from the intense cloud.
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